JENNÈS Continues To Realize Success

JENNÈS' main purpose is to upskill local youth and women so that they can participate positively in Saint Lucia’s economy. Participants receive vocational training the project's various vocational programmes. The objective is to help these individuals develop skills that are immediately marketable and give them access to specific job opportunities within those sectors.

In mid-July this year, 76 students graduated from Cohort One, with 9 of them qualifying for US$2,500.00 in angel grant investment. Currently, 116 participants are receiving training in Cohort Two.

Royston Emmanuel, Programme Coordinator of the Upskilling Academy Jennès Programme, said the programme is doing quite well despite some challenges.

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We did have some teething issues, primarily concerning students’ access to technology and their availability when it came to completing certain courses because some of them have gotten jobs and so on. But generally, the programme is meeting its needs and the students who have graduated from the programme are quite satisfied with the programme.
A number of students have done quite well in the programme. We would have liked to offer all of them the opportunity to teach, but financial constraints have prevented that. But we were able to identify two students who did quite well and have been offered teaching positions within the programme. So they’re currently teaching students in Cohort Two, with Sherman Sidonie being offered the opportunity to teach some of our mainstream digital media courses this semester in audio-visual production. We are actually putting in place a mentorship programme where we can have persons who would have graduated from the different cohorts to serve as mentors at the ICT centres for students in Cohort Three, but that’s still in the planning stages.

Royston Emmanuel
JENNÈS / Upskilling Academy Programme Coordinator

Emmanuel that two outstanding students from Cohort One — Sherman Sidonie and Tanzania Mathurin-Fedee — have since been recruited to teach current students aspects of the Digital and Creative Entrepreneurship course from which they graduated last July. Emmanuel says this success underscores the far-reaching possibilities that exist within the programme.

Sherman Sidonie believes there’s a lot of value to gain from the programme in terms of the knowledge that entrepreneurs can actually use at the end of the programme to earn, sustain or mitigate some of their costs.

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For someone who’s more video-focused, and having the opportunity to learn a bit of graphic design, it allows you to appreciate the work of the other technocrat in that space. With the social media development application aspect of it, in operating in this digital landscape, it’s always good to know where you’re positioned.
(On being offered a teaching position) I think the way I interacted in the classroom as a student with my colleagues might have been part of it. If there was an area in which I was stronger with being discussed, I assisted them in anyway I could. I think that showed that there was a leaning towards the aptitude to be able to help. When you think of an ecosystem on the collective level, the more of us are proficient, it makes life more productive and easier. So I’m now getting the opportunity to try my hand at teaching, even though it’s something I never thought I’d have the patience for.
Sherman Sidonie

Sherman Sidonie

Like Sidonie, Mathurin-Fedee said taking the course gave her deeper insight into how to stay ahead of the game.

She thanked the Taiwan Technical Mission, Government of Saint Lucia and Sir Arthur Lewis Community College for giving her the opportunity to showcase her talents. She also urged prospective participants to register for the programmes being funded by the Taiwanese Government.

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The course actually helped me to get a deeper understanding of how technology modernizes the marketing process, and helps it to evolve. This helped me to position my brand better and give better assistance to the small businesses on the island that need my support.
(On being offered a teaching position) I’m honoured and full of joy to be passing on such knowledge to my peers and giving them inside tips from my experience and what my brand does.
I would encourage anyone to apply to get the opportunity to not just gain the wisdom and skills, but to also know that it’s great for networking and the opportunities that comes with is are unlimited.
Tanzania Mathurin-Fedee

Tanzania Mathurin-Fedee

Aside from the vocational skills training component of the JENNÈS Programme, there is also a business coaching component and an upcoming pitch competition showcase.

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Business Coaching

Built upon round-table discussions and presentations by industry experts in various business-related areas, the Coaching programme aims to provide business-owners with the mentorship and counselling needed to hone their entrepreneurial skills.

Digital and Creative Entrepreneurship

This programme is designed to provide participants with functional knowledge and skills in Graphic Design, Audio-Visual Production, Social Media and Web Applications and Digital Marketing.

Hospitality Studies

The programme engenders highly skilled and socially productive members of the hospitality community through a blended teaching and learning approach, focused on industry trends, best practices and innovation.

Business Incubator For Start-up Entrepreneurs

This programme targets young entrepreneurs. The seminars and workshops take place in blocks and are structured to continuously build the knowledge repertoire of participants so that they are fully equipped to handle entrepreneurial projects.

Digital Literacy For Professionals

Digital literacy teaches participants to function effectively in today’s online world. Individuals will learn know how to access, use and create information, as well as communicate and collaborate effectively within digital contexts.

Early childhood Development Aide

This programme provides entry level qualification to those currently working, or wishing to work, within the Early Childhood sector. The programme comprises of courses in Child Development and Care; Procedures and Regulations of the Early Childhood Sector; and Nutrition in the Early Childhood Years.

Health Aide Studies

This course is designed to prepare learners for employment as Health Aides, or Orderlies in various settings in the health care delivery system.